IHRDC - International Human Resources Development Corporation

A Worldwide Leader in Oil and Gas Training - Since 1969

IHRDC History

Historical Development of IHRDC

1969

IHRDC's founder, Dr. David A. T. Donohue, and a carefully selected group of Instructional Associates, plan, develop, and market short courses in all areas of Upstream Technology. They are taught to clients around the globe.

1976

IHRDC begins self-publishing the first of 76 influential books on E&P Technology, many of which are adopted as textbooks for undergraduate and graduate studies. Titles include Gaswell Testing: Theory, Practice, and Regulation; Modern Well Test Analysis: A Computer-Aided Approach; and Petroleum Geology for Geophysicists and Engineers.

1976

IHRDC collaborates with Phillips Petroleum to develop the industry's first video courses, soon used on a global scale.

1976

Petroleum Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Competency Management is offered to clients, complemented by a 42-module, video-based training series for operations personnel.

1979

A Video Library for Exploration and Production Specialists, consisting of more than 115 modules, is designed and executed; Mobil Oil supports the initial pilot program. In 1981, production of this ambitious undertaking begins with the support of 10 international companies. Each module consists of video and a book written by a recognized industry specialist. The library receives 18 major awards for excellence over the next twelve years.

1979

IHRDC develops its first set of "Career Development Plans" for Mobil Oil. These plans become the basis for similar "roadmaps" for the competency development of workforces - from entry-level technical specialists to senior management personnel.

1988

As corporations transform from functional "silos" into more horizontal organizations, IHRDC recognizes the need for an integrated understanding of business fundamentals. As a result, IHRDC designs and executes its classic energy management Certificate Programs. These highly regarded two-to-four week programs, dedicated to the integrated value chain of the energy business, consist of lectures by seasoned industry specialists, visits to regional energy sites, and team participation in specially designed business games.

1992

Responding to requests, IHRDC packages an abbreviated form of its management programs into one-week workshop sessions and begins to offer them on an in-house basis to individual companies.

1994

Understanding the power of information technology to transform the learning process, IHRDC begins digitizing its E&P Video Library into a multimedia knowledge database, including more than 100 hours of video; 17,000 graphics; and 10,000 pages of text.

1995

IHRDC packages its multimedia knowledge database into a CD-ROM delivery system, dubbed the International Petroleum Industry Multimedia System (IPIMS).

1997

As technology advances, a Local Area Network (LAN) version of IPIMS is made available for client servers.

1998

With the advent of streaming video, the Internet/Intranet version of IPIMS is developed, beta tested, and issued. To this day it remains unique to the industry.

1998

In alliance with Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), IHRDC begins to build the Action Learning component of IPIMS, a comprehensive set of practical assignments that encourage “Learning by Doing.” It is devoted to the E&P technology area of integrated reservoir management.

1998

Al Furat Petroleum, the affiliate of Shell, uses IHRDC’s Competency Management unit on a three-year assignment. The CM Team trains local nationals to become capable O&M specialists. After the completion of the project, IHRDC designs its Competency Assurance Process (CAP).

2000

IHRDC upgrades IPIMS into an integrated web-based knowledge, learning, and communication system, dedicated to oil and gas industries.

2000

IHRDC launches its e-commerce learning system, www.oilandgastraining.com.

2001

IHRDC announces four Certificate Programs in Petroleum Technology Management and a post-graduate Diploma Program in Upstream Oil and Gas Asset Management. Programs are designed around three learning formats: Distance Learning, Action Assignments, and Shared Learning Workshops.

2002

IHRDC designs and executes its Competency Assurance Process as the foundation for training local nationals in the Middle East and North Africa. Training maps are made to help workers become competent O&M specialists in such areas as oil and gas production, processing, drilling, LNG, and refining.

2003

IHRDC receives the “Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Programming for the Business/Corporate Sector” from the U.S. Distance Learning Association.

2004

In cooperation with Pennsylvania State University, IHRDC online students may submit up to 15 credit hours for acceptance by examination toward a Master of Engineering Degree in Oil and Gas Engineering Management.

2005

In response to the widespread industry need for a comprehensive overview of the international petroleum industry, IHRDC begins the development of "Petroleum Online: An Introduction to the International Oil and Gas Industry."

2005

IHRDC introduces 15 Blended Learning Programs, each representing one week of instruction in five different areas of Petroleum Technology. They also combine mentor-guided e-Learning sessions and full access to IPIMS, offering challenging and comprehensive learning opportunities.

2006

IPIMS reaches a milestone of 60 worldwide licensees and forms its Advisory Group. The Advisory Group is a group of larger licensees who contribute input on actual industry needs, thus helping to develop and expand IPIMS.

2006

IHRDC delivers two innovative online resources to improve its competency development efforts: a Learning Plan Builder that allows companies to build, with minimum effort, individualized learning plans using IPIMS, and the Competency Resource Center which allows for the efficient building of competency-based models, self-assessment, and audits by supervisors.

2007

IHRDC's proprietary online management, assessment, and reporting solution, CMS Online, integrates the entire Competency Management System and provides a unique view of workforce performance through a series of customized key indicators. This program includes all data gathered from building competency models, conducting the assessment process, providing individual development plans, and tracking the training process.

2008

IHRDC launches Petroleum Online, a new 14 course e-Learning series that provides an in-depth introduction to the international oil and gas industry. These new courses allow users to gain a comprehensive overview of all sectors of the international oil and gas industry.

2010

IHRDC is named 2010 Training Provider of the Year for the International Oil and Gas Industry at the Getenergy Conference and Awards ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur. Getenergy brings together the international oil and gas community to celebrate excellence in education and training for the oil and gas industry, and the Training Provider of the Year Award goes to the organization which has consistently developed and delivered industry leading programs.

2010

IHRDC adds Operations & Maintenance courses to its e-Learning Library, which includes more than 250 courses.

2011

IHRDC opens Houston office to better serve Houston-area clients.

2011

Getenergy selects IHRDC as the 2011 Training Provider of the Year for the second year in a row. IHRDC is recognized for consistently developing and delivering innovative and effective training programs, products, and services to its global customers.

2011

IHRDC starts to offer Petroleum Business Workshops in Houston.

2011

IHRDC opens offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

2012

IHRDC is a Platinum winner in the Annual AVA Awards. The First Place award was given for the company’s course “Refining and Product Specifications,” one of 14 e-Learning courses offered in the “Petroleum Online” interactive suite, as an extraordinary example of web-based training.

2012

IHRDC wins the 2012 Training Provider of the Year award from Getenergy for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes IHRDC’s longstanding commitment to providing innovative training, competency management, and e-learning resources to the oil and gas industry.

2012

IHRDC increases its Asia Pacific presence by expanding Kuala Lumpur office. The expansion allows IHRDC to provide more support to its clients in the region, including expanded technical support for CMS Online and e-Learning users.

2012

IHRDC adds a Compliance Module to CMS Online to manage expanding government compliance regulations. This new Module is designed to help operators and contractors streamline the process of meeting regulatory compliance mandates from governments around the world.

2013

IHRDC launches three new Instructional Programs for 2013 that explore new trends in the international oil and gas industry: Management of International Petroleum Projects: From Concept to Startup; Optimizing Integrated Gas Processing, Refining, and Petrochemical Facilities; and Development of Unconventional Gas and Gas Liquids Projects.

2013

IHRDC acquires Invincible Energy, a highly respected, U.K.-based petroleum training and consultancy company, and expands its offerings to the U.K., Geneva, and Singapore.

2013

IHRDC’s e-Learning and Knowledge Solutions reaches 1 million users.

2013

IHRDC increases its e-Learning offerings, with two new Petroleum Online courses, 90 new O&M courses, 89 IPIMS courses, and 35 Business Essentials courses.


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